The Cincinnati Reds have activated left-handed reliever Amir Garrett from the paternity list. That meant the team had to make a move to clear a roster spot and that came at the expense of infielder Alejo Lopez.
The bullpen will get back another arm as Amir Garrett returns. Since June 9th the lefty has allowed five earned runs in 13.2 innings (3.29 ERA) with six walks and 24 strikeouts. Opponents have hit just .231/.310/.288 against him in that span. That 21 game stretch makes up half of his season. The season was out to an incredibly tough start for Garrett. On June 8th his ERA was sitting at 9.53 as he struggled to find any sort of consistency on the mound. Things have turned around, though, and his return should be beneficial as the Reds head to Chicago to take on the Cubs tonight.
For Alejo Lopez he’ll head back to Triple-A. The switch-hitting infielder hasn’t been able to get into the starting lineup in Cincinnati much this year when he has been on the active roster. He’s mostly been relegated to pinch-hitting duties. As a starter he’s gone 4-12 on the season. Coming off of the bench he was 2-7.
Prospect List Updates
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I released the Cincinnati Reds Midseason Top 25 Prospect list this morning. It’s the first major update since the end of the 2019 season since we now have actual information and reports on everyone in the system. It includes players from the most recent draft as well. If that’s your kind of thing then be sure to go give it a read.
Baseball America also released a new prospect list this morning. They have updated their Top 100 Prospect List for all of the minor leagues. You’ll need a subscription to see the entire list. Cincinnati has three prospects in the Top 50, but none in the 51-100 range. Jose Barrero, Nick Lodolo, and Hunter Greene all find themselves in the top half of the list. Greene feels drastically underrated at #48 overall.